Adele's '21' Certified Diamond In US

Worldwide sales for "21" album have reached 25 million.

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The singer's second album reached 10 million sales in the US last week, less than two years after its release, making her the only European female artist in history to reach that milestone, NME reports.

The album was originally release on January 24, 2011 and features the hugely successful singles "Rolling In The Deep" and "Someone Like You". It is the third LP to hit the 10 million sales mark this year, following Linkin Park's "Hybrid Theory" originally released in October 2000 and Usher's "Confessions", which was released in March 2004.

Adele's "21" has been so successful that it only dropped out of the Official UK Album Chart top 40 earlier this week, 22-months after its original release. According to the Official Charts Company, it charted at 42 in this weekend's countdown.

The album been certified 15-times platinum by the British Phonographic Industry for selling 4.5 million units in the UK. It is also the most downloaded album in UK history, the biggest-selling album of the 21st century in the UK and the fifth best selling album in the UK of all time. The album spent 71 consecutive weeks in the UK Top 10.

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    I love Adele, but it bothers me that people just blindly praise everything she does; 21 is overall a good album, but even the crappy songs on it get radio time.
    My mom bought her album and I forced myself to listen to the whole thing. Honestly I think the highlight of the album is Set Fire To The Rain, it's the only song that really has interesting stuff on it. Everything else is just so bland. I mean, she's a good singer, but I really don't like her very much.
    Good for her, I appreciate what she's doing. Although it may not be everyone's cup of tea, she is doing us all a favor by reminding the public that talent shines through all. I mean she single handedly knocked that auto-tune bullshit off the airwaves.
    yeah, for a month then one erection came out
    Not really, you probably won't even hear of One Direction if you don't visit a hate-fueled guitar forum on a daily basis or don't hang around with 10-year olds (which means you not only have awful taste in music, but also you're a pedophile).
    Even if you don't like her music, you have to appreciate the fact that she is keeping the music industry somewhat alive.
    She's kind of become her own "Stairway to Heaven" in that while her music is great, it's been waaay too overplayed and really has lost its value after being overexposed to the extent that it has.
    Yes because her music has been over played for 2 vs stairway to heaven for over 40 years. Great comparison, moron
    Well, since Stairway to Heaven is about 20 times better than her music, it makes sense.
    This makes me want to kill myself. In fact, yes. goodbye.
    Why? Adele isn't necessarily a bad artist, true, her songs can get old and boring, but she's a lot better than most of the crap out there these days. And you gotta admit, she has a really good voice.
    I don't see how people can say she has a good voice. It sounds absolutely awful to me. It comes close to cracking many times, and it seems she's always trying to reach a range that she's not capable of.
    I don't see what makes her more special than any of the other 4-chord ballad writers that sing about their relationships. Like her you may, but there isn't a single unique or boundary pushing thing about her music.
    Nobody is saying it's boundary pushing, just that it good to hear a great raw voice on the radio for once in a while. What she does, she does damn well.
    It's the fact that she actually sings, performs, and writes her own fantastic songs. I don't see why people complain about having a talented artist on top of the charts, wrecking the shit out of all those talentless acts that are in music for the wrong reasons. People still appreciate music that has substance - society is just so used to being spoon-fed crap produced by the music industry.
    Don't like Adele, but I l respect her and am glad that people are still buying that many albums